This offers information for parents and carers who are waiting for their child’s test results from the Paediatric Assessment Unit (PAU).
Why have I been given this information?
Some children will be discharged home from the PAU before their test results become available.
This is because some laboratory tests take a few days, or sometimes weeks, to come back.
The medical team will have assessed your child as safe to go home while waiting for these results.
How long does it take for tests to come back?
The length of time it takes depends on the type of test. Some tests take only a few hours, and most of these children wait to receive the results before going home.
Cultures take 48 to 72 hours. (A culture is a test that looks for germs which cause infection. Common cultures are blood, urine or throat swabs).
Some complex tests can take weeks or months to return results.
The doctor or nurse who discharges your child will tell you what to expect, depending on the test.
How will I hear about my child’s results?
If the results come back within a week, a hospital doctor will call you with results.
If the results take more than a week to come back, we will either:
Call you and give you the results, or
Arrange a follow-up appointment so we can discuss the results with you.
Before you take your child home from the hospital, make sure we have the correct contact details for you.
Let us know if you will need an interpreter when we call you with your child’s results.
What can I do if I do not hear about my child’s test results?
If you have not heard about results expected back within a week
Call Dolphin Ward (020 8934 2328). The ward will take your details and arrange for a doctor to call you.
If you have not heard about results expected to take longer than a week
Call our admin team (020 8934 6403). They will get in touch with your child’s consultant and they will let you know the results as soon as they can.
What if I am worried about my child’s condition?
The PAU cannot give medical advice over the phone.
If you are worried about your child, contact your GP or call NHS 111, or go to your nearest Emergency Department (A&E).
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